If you’re familiar with Burt’s Bees natural personal-care products, you might be as stoked as I was to learn that the company is now producing a collection of natural, cruelty-free grooming and care products for dogs. Like Burt’s Bees’ products for humans, each item in the line contains a minimum of 95% natural ingredients, and there are no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances to be found, which is good, because dogs do not like that stuff. (Right?) I’m impressed at how extensive the line is, including shampoos, dental-care sprays, eye wash, skin cream, tear-stain remover, and an itch-soothing spray. Burt’s Bees for Dogs is available at Petco and other pet specialty stores.
There are few things we can depend on in life — death and taxes, right? Fortunately, there are a few good things I know I can count on, too… fireflies in the summertime, doggy feet that smell like corn chips, and Doca Pet consistently offering up fantastic modern doggy designs. Doca Pet‘s newest raised diners, the Straydog and the Dog-Ear, are fashioned from sturdy, easy-to-clean materials (like powder-coated steel and maple), feature removable stainless-steel bowls, and boast the clean, sophisticated lines we’ve come to expect from the Chicago company.
It’s summertime, which means a lot of us share a mutual annoyance: fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other vermin seemingly intent on making our lives miserable. In this month’s installment of Mingus & Dottie Try It, we check out Wondercide natural, organic pest-control products. Check out our review (and a special coupon code) below!
The new Rubber Collection from Harry Barker features classic, well-designed, colorful toys that I’m excited to try. The toys are inspired by 18th-century French design (if your pup’s fancy like that) and are made from recyclable, non-toxic rubber. There’s a tassel toss toy that can be stuffed with treats, a tossing ball, a chewy tug ring, and a classic, bouncy ball. Toss, treat, tug, ball, chew… those are some of my dogs’ very favorite words.
So you’re really into a certain dog breed, huh? Maybe you’ve almost come to blows at the dog park defending your favorite breed’s superiority? Well, you might need to look into some anger management, but then you need to check out Dog Breed Cartoons. They’ve got sweet little cartoon representations of literally (literally) hundreds of dog breeds, and in their shop you can find your favorite breed cartoon featured on anything from coffee mugs to belt buckles to laptop sleeves. They are, in a word, j’adorable. (You may or may not want to use that word.)
Happy Independence Day! Here’s some red, white, and blue for you — in the form of the cutest apron in the entire world. It’s a sweet little vintage-inspired number featuring a Westie illustration by Marc Tetro. I want to put it on and make SO many cookies (even though my cookies always turn out flat and crumbly). Found over at Modcloth (with a matching oven mitt!).
A wise friend recently alerted me to the work of illustrator Roman Muradov, and when I checked it out I realized I’d seen his work before — like, all over. After all, his client roster reads like a list of some of my favorite things: The New Yorker, NPR, Village Voice, GQ, Random House. You’re possibly familiar with his distinctive style, too… and have you noticed how many pups he sneaks into his illustrations and comics? I see what you did there, Mr. Muradov. (You can check out more of his work in his portfolio, on his blog, and in his shop.)